Provost Update — September 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, Executive Vice President and Provost

I hope this message finds you well. While it’s hard to believe that we’re already thinking about the spring term, I write with a request for your feedback about the spring schedule as well as a reminder of our upcoming Strategic Planning forums.

– Spring 2021 Course Schedule – with registration for spring scheduled to begin for returning students on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, we’re working toward finalizing recommendations about the spring credit course schedule by the beginning of October. An interdisciplinary Design Team composed largely of faculty and deans has been exploring possible options for the course schedule to support continuity of student learning while prioritizing the health and safety of our students, employees and community.

The team invites your feedback on a set of draft design principles via this brief survey. As the Design Team is working quickly, we would appreciate your feedback by Monday, September 21, 2020.

– Strategic Planning Forums – special thanks to the more than 70 faculty and staff who attended one of our first two Strategic Planning forums. I invite you to mark your calendars to participate in upcoming planning forums in September and October to help identify and articulate our aspirational goals, viewed through the lens of opportunity and equity, that will serve as the foundation for our Strategic Impact Plan.

Our Strategic Impact Plan will articulate high-level, aspirational goals for the College that describe the “What?” and the “Why?” for our work in the areas of accessgraduationtransfer success and workforce success. After we develop our Impact Plan this fall, we will continue our planning process in the spring by developing Institutional Plans that describe the “How?,” including the strategies and tactics that we will implement to make progress toward the goals articulated in the Strategic Impact Plan.

In an effort to avoid scheduling conflicts and to manage the size of discussion groups, we have scheduled multiple forums for each area. To maximize opportunities for your colleagues’ participation, please plan to attend only one forum for each area. If you are not able to make one of the synchronous forums, you will have the opportunity to provide your feedback via an online survey or by reaching out to Brandon McKelvey, vice president, analytics and planning, at

Thursday, September 17, 2020: 7 – 8 p.m.
Monday, September 21, 2020: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Online Survey: Access Goal Area

Tuesday, September 22, 2020: 9 – 10 a.m.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020: 3 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020: 7 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 24, 2020: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Friday, September 25, 2020: 10 – 11 a.m.
Friday, September 25, 2020: 1 – 2 p.m.
Monday, September 28, 2020: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020: 7 – 8 p.m.

Monday, October 5, 2020: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 8, 2020: 10 – 11 a.m.
Thursday, October 8, 2020: 7 – 8 p.m.

I hope that you are doing well and continuing to take good care. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments or concerns.

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